• EU says confident of German ‘stability and continuity’


    BRUSSELS: The EU is confident of “stability and continuity” in Germany despite the collapse of talks to form a coalition government, leaving Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambling to save the country from crisis.

    Europe’s biggest economy faces snap elections or months of paralysis under a lame duck government after Merkel’s efforts to marshal a ruling coalition failed despite more than a month of tough negotiations.

    The crisis in one of the EU’s most important members raises uncertainty for the bloc as it seeks to shape its future after Brexit, but European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said they had faith in the German political system.

    “We are confident that the German constitutional process will provide the basis for the stability and continuity that has been a trademark of German politics,” Schinas said.

    “The German constitution gives a basis for stability and continuity in such situations— also in the light of the lessons of the past.” AFP



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